The employment contract attorneys at LaBar Adams provide highly knowledgeable representation to employees in Orlando, Winter Park, Kissimmee and Central Florida in order to make sure their employment contract/agreement has not been drafted in a manner that benefits the employer at the expense of an employee’s rights.
Our employment law attorneys can help you review an employment contract, negotiate the contract terms with the employer, protect your rights in a non-compete agreement or in a non-solicitation agreement, and deal with issues that arise with employment and non-compete agreements once the employment has ended.
What is a non-compete agreement?
Non-compete agreements, also known as “restrictive covenants”, are not uncommon in employment agreements. In general, employers use these agreements to prevent employees from working in the same business field within a specified geographical area if this could jeopardize the success of the company. Non-compete agreements usually take effect once the employee ceases to work for the employer.
Reasons for having a non-compete agreement
There are a variety of reasons for an employer to have non-compete agreements with their employees. Among them:
- To protect trade secrets
- To protect their customer relationships
- To prevent their employees from working for their competitors
- To protect the investment made while training their employees
In order for non-compete agreements to be considered valid in Florida, they have to meet four criteria:
- They must be in writing.
- They must protect a legitimate business interest.
- They must be reasonable in time frame.
- They must be reasonable in geographical scope.
There are many situations in which an employee should contest a non-compete agreement. For example, sometimes the geographical scope of the non-compete agreement is set to such a large geographical area that prevents the employee from working across the nation or the effective timeframe of the agreement maybe excessive. In cases like this, you should contact one of our Orlando non-compete agreement attorneys to discuss your legal options.